Horizon Zero Dawn represents a brand-new franchise recently released to the PlayStation 4. Developed by Guerrilla Games, Horizon Zero Dawn is a third-person, open-world game that takes place in a post-apocalyptic future.
The game is very different from post-apocalyptic games like Fallout 4, the Walking Dead, or The Last of Us. It takes place anywhere from hundreds to thousands of years in the future, when cities have become abandoned, humans live in tribes, and hunting is done with bows and spears. Religion is based around shamanistic beliefs, and the overall game places an emphasis on the tribal element of society. However, not all of the world’s technology has been abandoned.
Around the world, giant robot machines that mimic dinosaurs and other wild beasts prowl the land. Little is known about these creatures except that they were created by the Ancient Ones, a long vanished society of people who created these creatures. These robotic creatures are powerful and are equipped with weaponry that threaten the existence of human beings. This is the setting in which the player takes control of Aloy, a huntress that has been cast out from her tribe who is seeking answers to the questions surrounding her world. The game’s plot and story is dark in many respects, and the characters who fill it are interesting and worth paying attention to.
One part of the plot that feeds into the gameplay is Aloy’s ability to use “focus,” which allows her to scan the environment and see what paths people have taken. This ability will come into play often during quests and is an important part of combat. It allows the player to see weak points on robotic enemies, allowing players to precisely targets points where the most damage will be done. Fighting itself can be a struggle, but fortunately, Aloy can buy and craft more tools as the game progresses. This gives her new ways to combat her opponents and more easily take down the beasts that inhabit her world.
At the start of the game, players will be equipped with only the simplest bow and arrow. This will only do a small amount of damage to enemies. However, by the end of the game, the range of weapons will include shock traps and ice bombs that can immobilize enemies and make them vulnerable to further attacks. Robotic enemies are tougher the larger they are, and they can do a lot of damage. Using focus and taking advantage of your upgraded skills is the only way for you to make any true progress in the game. You’ll also be able to gather metal from the corpses of these robotic enemies, which will help you craft bigger and better weapons.
With its amazing storytelling, memorable characters, and fantastic gameplay, Horizon Zero Dawn represents the beginning of what could be an amazing new franchise. Its graphical presentation, attention to detail, and constantly evolving gameplay make it a must-buy game.